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Friday, October 31, 2014

Idaho to Pastor Couple: Perform Same Sex Ceremonies or Face the Clink!

Religious freedom? Forget it! If Idaho can force this couple to perform same-sex weddings what logic will prevent them from demanding the same from Catholic priests?

Govt tells Christian ministers: Perform same-sex weddings or face jail, fines

Maybe it's time for the Catholic Church to get out of the civil marriage business altogether, stop being an agent of the godless state. George Weigel thinks so and I recently read of a bishop who proposed the same, but I haven't been able to find the article and can't remember who it was. Can someone enlighten me? Check out other opinions at First Things.

Personally, if I were getting married today I think I would marry sacramentally in front of a priest without any civil involvement at all. (I wonder if a priest would do that.) The government doesn't understand the first thing about marriage, so why on earth should I recognize their right to be involved? I know there would be financial implications but some things are more important than money. (Just think, I could probably qualify for all kinds of entitlements since I have no income besides my husband's and $39 a month in social security.)

Anti-Catholicism is Alive and Well (at least in Washington State)

Read more here  Can you imagine the outcry if they had gone after a Jewish or Muslim politician like this? Somehow Catholicism is always fair game -- especially when a politician is pro-life and supports traditional marriage. Pray that Mark Miloscia wins his race in Washington. They need a solid man of integrity in their state house.

A Virtual Trip to Ireland

One of my readers sent links to two blogs she's working on in Ireland. It took me back a decade to a trip I made with my mom (RIP) and a good friend. We rented a car and drove all over the place for two weeks leading. At one of the B & B's we stayed in the owner laughed and said, "You Americans, you go everywhere and see nothing!" Ah, but we visited Jesus at every church we passed and talked to dozens of the local folks: a bride and groom waiting for the same car ferry we were, two school girls eating their lunch on a park bench, a mom with two little boys who couldn't wait for divorce to be legalized (sad), a distinguished white-haired gentleman painting his rowboat. How I would love to return! Unfortunately, I'd have to get on an airplane and whenever I think about that I think of a sardine can. But I can take a virtual tour and I invite you to do the same.

Blessed Thaddeus McCarthy's Catholic Heritage Association

St. Conleth's Catholic Heritage Association

North Cathedral, Cork City

Franciscan Church Merchants Quay, Dublin

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Cardinal Kasper's Disingenuous Theology of Discontinuity and Distortion

Cardinal Kasper: "Thou Dost Protest Too Much."

Reading this article brought to mind the quote from Hamlet, "that one may smile and smile and be a villain." Kasper, like Claudius, is a poisoner -- poisoning Christ's teaching and attempting to seduce his bride, the Church. That, of course, is impossible, but he can certainly poison the faithful with his false and evil "hermeneutic of discontinuity."

Here's a bit from the article. I've highlighted some particularly cogent parts in red. My comments are in blue:
The false arguments presented to defend this doctrinal change [to allow those in invalid marriages who remarry after divorce without annulment] are camouflaged with the usual tactic of speculating about the ramifications of the practice of the ancient Church (the Jesuits’ Karl Rahner was an expert at this strategy). These modern theologians love to speculate. But despite their insatiable taste for speculation, most of Catholic theology is not speculative. The realm of genuine speculative theology is very small and limited.

Who Knows What God Has Planned for the Life of a Child?

Powerful testimony to life! Congrats to all involved in making this amazing short film! Every person is a symphony to be played out over a lifetime. Some of it is somber; some of it is filled with joy; all of it is a gift from God.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Now that the Synod is Over the Spin is On

Actually it started even before the Synod started with dissent groups all over the world writing letters and organizing their own alternative synod in Rome through Catholic Church Reform International (CCRI) formed in June 2013. CCRI is a coalition of over a hundred dissent groups around the world (CORPUS, Call to Action, We Are Church, Women's Ordination Conference, Roman Catholic Womenpriests USA, Voice of the Faithful, American Catholic Council, Loretto Women's Network, etc.). Although I know they are not particularly orthodox at the national level, I was surprised to see The National Council of Catholic Women (NCCW) included as a support group with a link to their president, Rebecca Woodhull I plan to contact my bishop on that one!

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

The Final Synod Document on the Family with the Tally of Votes

If you haven't read the final document from the Extraordinary Synod on the Family and noted the vote tally on each paragraph you can find it here in English.  Every paragraph received a majority vote of the Synod Fathers. The three controversial paragraphs did not receive the necessary 2/3rd vote, but Pope Francis called for them to be included in the final document along with the vote numbers.

Why? I've been trying to figure out what possible purpose could be served except to send the message that the question is still open on whether the divorced and remarried without annulment can receive Communion as well as the controversial items relating to homosexuality and cohabitation. I can't help thinking that the pope called for the vote tallies because it allowed Kasper and co. to publicly proclaim that the majority of cardinals favored those paragraphs and to imply that change is just a question of time. What other construction can be put on that "unprecedented" action? Can anyone think of one? I've been wracking my brain trying to come up with an alternative other than the continued manipulation of the Synod and its outcome.

What do you think? What next?

You can also find the individual working group reports here. 

Yup! It's a Revolution and the Liberals have a Year to Spin and Spin....

....and make the faithful in the pews dizzy and dumb.


Define terms -- recognize when the revolutionaries are changing and distorting terms -- like      

Know the revolutionaries -- recognize the "subtle, sneaky types" in Roman collars who are using
                          feelings to undermine the faith and manipulate Catholics to accept the
                          revolutionaries' agenda

Study the Catechism and the Doctrine of the Church -- so you will recognize when you are getting a
                           snow job from one of the wolves in sheep's clothing

And Pray Always!

Full Text of Cardinal Burke Interview on the Synod with BuzzFeedNews

The media has widely reported that Cardinal Burke accused the pope of "harming the Church." He did not actually say that. Loose-lipped reporters can cause a lot of confusion and, let's face it, the Vatican these days doesn't need any help in that department. 

The Interview

Here's the relevant portion of the interview and what Cardinal Burke actually said:
BFN: I know you don’t have a lot of time, so why don’t we just dive in. I’ve seen your comments suggesting that [the Extraordinary Synod on the Family] was being manipulated. Can you say a little bit more about that, and who is doing the manipulating? 
CB: Since the presentation of Cardinal Kasper in February to the extraordinary consistory of cardinals, there’s been a consistent repetition of [Kasper’s] position that is trying to weaken the church’s teaching and practice with regard to the indissolubility of marriage. This has just been consistent, casting the synod — which was to be on the family, directed in a positive way on family life — suggesting that the main purpose of the synod would be to permit those who are in irregular unions to receive the sacraments of penance and holy communion, which is not possible. If someone is bound to a prior marriage which has not been declared null, and is living as husband or wife with someone else. That’s a public state of sin and therefore the person cannot receive holy communion or go to the sacrament of penance until the matter is resolved. 
But that’s been — all along this keeps coming back, and I see more clearly than ever that that’s how the synod is. And certainly the media has picked up on this — very much so. 
BFN: To the question of how that’s being done, presumably the pope was the one who asked Cardinal Kasper to frame the synod. Are you saying that [the pope] is the one who is manipulating these proceedings? 
CB: The pope has never said openly what his position is on the matter and people conjecture that because of the fact that he asked Cardinal Kasper — who was well known to have these views for many, many years — to speak to the cardinals and has permitted Cardinal Kasper to publish his presentation in five different languages and to travel around advancing his position on the matter, and then even recently to publicly claim that he’s speaking for the pope and there’s no correction of this. 
I can’t speak for the pope and I can’t say what his position is on this, but the lack of clarity about the matter has certainly done a lot of harm.
"Lack of clarity!" A far cry from Jesus who attracted the masses because he "spoke with authority." Today we are bogged down in a muddled mess of confusion. Keep praying for Holy Mother Church and for all our shepherds.

Cardinal Burke, Doctor of Souls

Cardinal Raymond Burke, a lion when it comes to defending the faith, is often portrayed as rigid and lacking in compassion. As a matter of fact, anyone who stands against the tsunami of progressivism in the Church is portrayed as a pharisee clinking to the rule book laying burdens on poor, suffering humanity. But are the progressives truly the compassionate ones?

What would you think of a surgeon who refused to operate to remove a child's diseased appendix because the operation would cause pain to the patient?

"But my child will die if you don't operate!" you cry.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Child Abuse in Poland: Minors Told to Play Game Licking Priest!

Pedophile Training in Lublin

The Polish former papal nuncio to the Dominican Republic, Joseph Wesolowski, who's under house arrest in the Vatican for sex abuse of minors in the Caribbean nation should move over. Read the article below and ask yourself what the heck is going on when a priest trains children to lick his body and has them on their hands and knees in front of him at the level  as his crotch. Where exactly does that put their faces?

And notice the long stick he uses. I once picked up a slim volume of medieval cartoons in a book store showing knights in armor. I quickly realized it was what passed for medieval porn with swords, spears, and other long objects used as phallic symbols. Now why did this priest and his stick bring that to mind?

This "Father Director" and the nuns who are enabling this perversion should all be under house arrest at the Vatican with Wesolowski!

Think about it. This priest is perverting the minds and hearts of minor children. And he continues his sick antics unmolested by Vatican discipline. Meanwhile, six priests of the The Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate are suspended a divinis (a severe punishment usually restricted for serious crimes) for attempting to leave the Institute and be incardinated in a diocese. What canon law does that violate? Isn't it a priest's right?

So can someone explain exactly what is going on ? Anyone? Anyone?

(Hat tip to Gary. Thanks for the email!)

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Hey What? You the Think the Synod on the Family Will Change Church Doctrine?

In my imagination I was sitting on the steps of St. Peters reflecting on the Extraordinary Synod of the Family and its final report. Into my musings walked a charming young lady, thoroughly modern Catholic Millie, who stopped to chat and express how thrilled she was with the outcome of the Synod. She is looking forward to the Church changing its teachings and entering the modern world. We sat on the steps of St. Peters sharing the following exchange.

Millie: (Bubbling over with joy and enthusiasm) Oh, aren't you delighted about the Extraordinary Synod on the Family? It gives me such hope that I'll finally be able to go back to Communion. My first husband and I were so young when we got married. We had no idea of the seriousness of what we were doing. And I just hate not being able to go up to Communion with my children.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Chicken Little, "You're Fired!" Climate Change is a Myth.

Climate change PROVED to be 'nothing but a lie', claims top meteorologist

All the predictions of the climate gloom and doomers have failed. They said the ice cap was melting; it's increasing. They said the oceans would rise and coasts would be under water -- WRONG! They said we'd have more and worse storms -- not true.

So exactly why do so many people believe this nonsense? Could it be our education system is working as John Dewey desired -- to make little mindless robots who are easily manipulated by government? 

Teach your children to be critical thinkers!

Eat Your Heart Out, Riverdance!

This video of the dueling dancing priests reminded me so much of the James Cagney/Bob Hope dancing duel, I just had to find it and watch it again. And Bob and Jimmy are a lot older than those youngsters Roman collars. Let's hear it for hoofers! Dance and you'll live longer and have more energy to serve the Lord! (We square dance.)

Praising God for a Good Night's Sleep!

These days waking up rested is not my default position. Since Sunday I've had three nights with 4-5 hours of sleep. I'm not complaining, mind you, just stating a fact. Do you ever think about what a blessing it is to have a good night's sleep? And do you ever get up and thank God for the blessing of a peaceful night taking a break from the pressure-cooker of life? I always say my morning offering, but it's only when I'm not sleeping that I appreciate what a gift sleep is.

Some quotes on sleep: